“Sharkman Six: A Novel”

Owen West

This is the story of a young Marine lieutenant’s thanklless mission in Somalia. The narrator, Gavin Kelly, is trying to live up to the WW II heroics of his Marine grandfather and live down the apparent Viet Nam disgrace of his father, all the while fighting his own insecurity and the people he is supposed to be helping. It is a military adventure, and there is combat action, but the complexity of the characters and the situation make this one stand out from the crowd.